The Women’s March on Washington couldn’t have picked a better starting point: the corner of Independence Avenue and Third Street West. This Saturday at least 200,000 people will come together in front of the Capitol in D.C. to march with a message championing human rights, dignity and justice.
And 616 sister marches (including 26 in Canada!) will step out in solidarity—with as many as 1.3 million people in cities all over the world taking part in the day’s demonstrations.
To find out the many reasons why women are marching, FLARE reached out to women participating in marches across Canada, as well as in Washington, DC. Here are their stories.
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Ronda T. Benjamin, Marching in Toronto
“Amid all the chaos of this election, what has given me some solace and a sense of faith in humanity has been seeing the way people rallied together and gathered in droves to let it be known that we would not be complacent with a Trump message that would marginalize or divide different groups of people. It’s easy to think we’ve come such a long way and to become content with the status quo and feel like we’ve mastered all the injustice that history holds, but clearly there is a movement that’s been triggered by Trump’s rhetoric that would see all that progress disappear. And so I feel like taking part in this march helps send a message that voices won’t be silenced and injustices and divisiveness won’t be tolerated. I do believe that it will be people coming together and raising our voices that will keep our world leaders accountable in the coming years, and if my small part of marching with others on Saturday can contribute to that idea, I want to be a part of that.” —Ronda T. Benjamin
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